MISSION OF THE FIRE PREVENTION DIVISION
The Fire Prevention Division provides a safer environment for the citizens protected by Erie Valley Fire & Rescue by preventing the loss of life and property caused by fire or explosion through public education, the enforcement of fire codes, laws and County ordinances related to fire and life safety.
We complete our mission by reviewing commercial and residential permits for compliance with currently adopted Fire and Building codes; reviewing applications consisting of Site Development Permits, Development Agreements, Zone Changes, Tentative and Final Maps, Tentative and Final Subdivision Maps, Commercial, Industrial and High/Low Density Residential Development; and inspections, complaints, code enforcement, issue appropriate permits, respond to incidents as needed, daily paper work and business are handled.
THE FIRE PREVENTION DIVISION
The Erie Valley Fire Prevention Division is coordinated by the Prevention Captain. It is the duty of the Fire Prevention Division to “prevent” incidents that require the response of the district’s fire suppression personnel. It is the job and responsibility of this division to enforce fire codes, to conduct fire and life safety plan reviews, provide fire safety education and to inspect and abate existing and potential fire hazards through public education and code enforcement. The goal of this work is to make our community safer for the citizens and firefighters that live work and recreate here.
FIRE SAFETY INSPECTIONS
The Fire Safety Inspection Program provides aid to businesses in meeting code requirements. The purpose of inspections is to protect life and property by identifying unsafe conditions or practices that contribute to the cause and spread of fire. When planning a formal inspection, a fire inspector will consider how to cause the least interference with the operation of the business. After the inspection, the inspector will review with the owner or manager any unsafe conditions or practices and will suggest corrections. Time will be given to resolve any violations and a date will be set for a re-inspection. Re-inspections will continue until all violations are cleared.
FIRE PREVENTION EDUCATION
Experience tells us that fire prevention activities and public education can significantly reduce life and property loss from fires. Prevention activities and education are very cost effective compared to the traditional approach of relying on fire suppression alone.
Fire safety education is a joint effort, which includes on duty fire personnel and bureau personnel alike. Station tours, fire engine demonstrations and safety talks are a daily routine.